[DML] Re: USA Travel Times. (Welmoedj)
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[DML] Re: USA Travel Times. (Welmoedj)

Be careful of rush hour in major metropolitan areas. Louie and I got
stuck in a 2 hour jam on the way to DMA (we knew we were going to get
stuck in somebody's rush hour, the question was which one: DC,
Baltimore, Wilmington (DE), or Philadelphia).

Speaking of DC (most familiar to me), there are only a limited number
of places to cross the Potomac River, none of them attractive between
the hours of 2:00-6:00 pm. In fact the region's entire transportation
system (road and rail) has failed to keep pace with its explosive
growth. The eastern NC caravan I told you about is hoping to catch
only the earliest rush hour fallout. If we can hit I-270 by 2:00, we
should be OK, an auto accident notwithstanding (in which case there
are back streets to Frederick AFTER you cross the river).

You mentioned Atlanta and Charlotte by name -- they can be just as
bad. America's obsession with self driven transportation (flame bait
for another thread) is finally coming home to roost, in more ways than
just pump prices. Plan your trip accordingly.

If you do find yourself stuck in a rush hour traffic jam, consider
this: get off at the first available exit and eat either a late
breakfast or an early supper while you wait for traffic to clear.

Re: Interstate speeds: Virginia is 65 MPH max, heavily patrolled by
the State Police, and their speeding fines are reported by AP as the
highest in the nation. If you've made it that far without incident,
don't push your luck so close to Gettysburg. They shouldn't bother you
5 miles per hour over.

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@...> wrote:
> A lot of it depends on you!!  When I was younger, I
> would drive from NJ to sothern Fla in an "overnight"
> trip. I could leave NJ in the early evening and be in
> Fla mid-morning the next day.  20 years later, I would
> not even try to do that anymore.
> Most of the map sites, like maps.google.com will give
> you estimated travel times that take in to
> consideration the type of roads you will be on.  I
> have a heavy foot, so I can usually shave some time
> off of those estimates.
> Interstate highways in the USA run about 75 MPH.


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